What a possible Costco store would look like, on the southwest corner of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. If approved, it could include a 170,000-square-foot warehouse store, 850 parking spaces and a 30-pump gas station on nearly 37 acres. (Stephanie Davey / The Herald)

What a possible Costco store would look like, on the southwest corner of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. If approved, it could include a 170,000-square-foot warehouse store, 850 parking spaces and a 30-pump gas station on nearly 37 acres. (Stephanie Davey / The Herald)

Costco seeks parcel-dividing permit to build in Lake Stevens

The company filed a binding site plan — a standard permit for a large commercial building, the city said.

LAKE STEVENS — Costco is seeking another permit for its proposed store in Lake Stevens, where some neighbors continue to express concern about the location.

Last month, the Issaquah-based wholesaler applied for a binding site plan. It would divide a nearly 37-acre plot of land into several parcels, and define where different structures would go, said Russ Wright, the city’s community development director.

“It’s just another step in the process,” Wright said. “It’s a fairly standard type of permit for a large commercial development.”

The proposed site is on the southwest corner of the intersection at Highway 9 and 20th Street SE.

Public comment is now open until Oct. 15, and can be sent to the city through the mail or online.

Costco first showed interest in building a Lake Stevens store about a year and a half ago.

As proposed, the development would include a 170,000-square-foot warehouse store, 850 parking spaces and a 30-pump gas station. Two new roads would be built, one connected to 20th Street SE and the other to Highway 9 with a roundabout.

Earlier this year, Costco applied for a design review and a site plan review. As part of the process, the company and the city hosted an open meeting in July.

After, Costco was given the chance to make changes based on resident feedback, and to then resubmit the plans. The city is still waiting for the revised materials.

Some residents are worried about wetlands in the area. Those are being reviewed by the city in coordination with other affected agencies, the city has said.

A suggested mitigation strategy to reduce impact on those wetlands is pretty far along, Wright said.

Those public records can be requested through the city.

One of Costco’s next steps would be to apply for a development agreement. Once a development agreement is turned in, there would be another public hearing in front of the Lake Stevens City Council. There’s no timeline for that yet.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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